Georges Treville appeared as Sherlock Holmes in a number of short features in 1912. His series of films was the first officially authorised series of Holmes Films, produced under the supervision of Conan Doyle himself. This is the 8th and final episode it is also the only episode that survives. The series comprised the following films, all directed by Adrien Caillard and produced by Eclair.
1. Le ruban moucheté/The Speckled Band 2. Flamme d’argent/The Silver Blaze 3. The Beryl Coronet 4. The Musgrave Ritual 5. The Reigate Squires 6. The Stolen Papers 7. Le mystère de Val Boscombe/The Mystery of Boscombe Valey 8. The Copper Beeches
Ecalir also produced a feature, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in 1911, which is also lost.
July 15, 2019 Subject:
Fascinating Historical Holmes Film
The film was produced under the supervision of Arthur Conan Doyle, which allows us a remarkable insight into how he saw fit to morph the story to fit into the approximately 25 minute time frame available - how the plot should play itself out, which actions should be dwelt on. There is no Watson, nor Rucastle's wife, nor the servants Toller and wife, nor the mastiff - evidently too much to juggle to make the story's point as Doyle saw it - less sensationalism, more melodrama. Of course, it is overacted by our talkie standards, but is in a style that was current in 1912. This version is overlaid with some nice Brahms - slow movement, 3rd Symphony - and perhaps more Brahms from other 3rd symphony movements or other compositions - and it seems to suit the action - on the other hand, you might want to listen with the sound turned off - there is no info on IMDb or Wikipedia suggesting it was shown with piano or organ accompaniment, the choice of music, usually from the classics for such dramas, left up to the musician - a standard practice with silent films. A satisfying short film for Holmes fans.
January 25, 2013 Subject:
100 year Holmes!
This short (30 min., I don't think they made them any longer back then) is clear & easy to follow! The stars do ham it up a bit, but thats how it went back then. Treville is good (no Norwood though) & there is no Watson, but a fun half hour!
September 27, 2011 Subject: